Serena Williams, absent from the final since the US Open in September, made a successful comeback by beating Greece's Maria Sakkari (41st), 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 at the Hopman Cup , mixed team event that opens the season 2019, Monday in Perth.
"I made a lot of mistakes and I said to myself: + It's good, it's your first game, it'll be better +", responded the American to the 23 Grand Slam titles, 16th in the world when she launched her season 2019.
"It's never easy (first games, ed), there are a lot of mistakes that will be made and I think we both managed well."
If it was rather legs, his success in singles was not enough to offer the United States victory in this meeting against Greece.
The 37-year-old has indeed lost the decisive mixed doubles alongside Frances Tiafoe against the pair Sakkari / Stefanos Tsitsipas. Tiafoe, 39th in the world, was beaten at the opening of the day, singles against Tsitsipas (15th), 6-3, 6-7 (7/3), 6-3.
The American duo will be able to recover from Tuesday with the big moment of this week, the shock against the Switzerland of Roger Federer which will put at the time in the mixed doubles the two legends of tennis.
"I can not wait to be there, it's so cool," said Williams, "it's something we dream about, playing Roger Federer, it's like a dream come true, it's going to be special."